Useful links

Good site for Flight Planning

A free to use site which provides web based flight planning software.

The free version is useful and can be used to create a PLOG based on the route you enter but, as you might expect, some features are not available unless you upgrade to the full version.

Although I haven't used it for an actual flight yet, I found it intuitive and easy to use and obviously a lot of thought has been put into the design. For instance the software will show you NOTAMS along your intended route and can also file flight plans for you, based on the route you plot.

There is a PC software version as well as a fully featured web based version, both of which can be evaluated for 30 days at no cost. Also, there is now a mobile version which is being launched in August 2011.

My conclusion? Its definitely worth a look.

Visit Sky Demon Light

Want to learn aerobatics or do something different?

Why not contact good friend of Alouette, Brendan O'Brien? His aviation experience includes over 300 hundred types, both fixed wing and rotary, and he has logged over 13,000 hours to date.

Visit Sky Fever

Start to fly

To many of us the appeal of flying an aircraft is so strong, and to some it has even become an ambition, that they want to find out the next steps to take in learning how to fly.

There are a number of sites that offer various types of advice on this subject but they do not always provide a combination of expert, unbiased, comprehensive or clear and easy to understand information to help find out what it takes to become a pilot. Start to Fly has been written to overcome this and more!

Start to Fly is written by experts who are passionate about flying and want to encourage other people, of all age groups and backgrounds, to share this amazing experience with them. To this end they have prepared 30 articles to help anyone know exactly what is involved in taking to the skies.

It is a unique site where you can find out just about anything you need to know about starting to fly albeit as a career, hobby or even just for the experience of taking a trial flight.

This site is normally able to answer most questions and provide details on what is involved in starting to fly such as cost, duration of training, exams, medical requirements etc. There is even a panel of experts that you can put questions to if you cannot find an answer to them in these articles.

Visit Start to fly

French AIS

The French Aeronautical Info Service is a tad more user friendly than our own dear CAA version. Whatever, it's worth a dabble. You need to click on the little flag top right to get the English version. Cursor on NOTAMS then click 'Narrow route'. Put in your flight details and you get Notams along whatever corridor you specify.

Visit French AIS

AV Brief

AV Brief is a great site for weather and NOTAMS, especially when coupled with NotamPlot

Visit AV Brief


A great source of information.

Visit Flyer


For those dreaming of a career as a professional pilot, a good source of information is PPRuNe.

Visit PPrune

UK Aircraft Registrations

Get registration details of UK aircraft from the G-INFO database.

Visit the UK Aircraft Register


The NATS web site provides free access to products such as: UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), UK AIP Supplements (SUPs), Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs), NOTAM and VFR Chart Newsletter & Update Service.

Visit NATS


Club documents and forms

Trial flights

We offer trial flights of one hour duration with a qualified instructor. The recipient will spend most of this time at the controls of the aircraft. The flight will be from our club house at Biggin Hill and will return to Biggin Hill.

More about trial flights

Alouette news

Want to find out what is going on at the club? You can view video diaries from Alouette pilots as well as details about social events, club grub nights and other important club information on our ‘latest news’ page.

View the latest news

How to find us

You can find the Alouette club house on Churchill Way, just off the A233. Although travelling by car is easier, you can access the club by bus. Bromley South and Orpington train stations are a 20 minute drive.

How to find Alouette

Video diary

Want to know what it is like to fly one of our aircraft? The video diary page shows some videos provided by our members in our Cessna 172 and Piper Warrior PA28 aircraft.

View the video diary